Derek Lowe had a really weird night, and evidently has forgotten how to win. He went six innings and allowed one run on ten hits, all of them singles, and threw 104 pitches. (He was getting squeezed a bit, but walked only one, and that intentional.) The Dodgers don’t have a whole lot of power right now but they beat out a lot of singles. The only run they got against Lowe was on a double play in the fourth.
The Braves, of course, did nothing to support him, as has been the case for the last several weeks, though Lowe is pitching much, much better than he was when he was 9-5. He’s 11-10 now. The only time they really threatened to help him was in the sixth, when Omar Infante led off with a single — his second hit of the game, accounting for half the team total. Heyward hit a screaming liner that held up for Matt Kemp in center, then Gonzalez hit a rocket to left that Scott Podsednik — who is nobody’s idea of a great outfielder, and by the way had three more hits today, I hate Scott Podsednik — somehow caught over his head.
Then Venters, of all people, allowed a run on two more singles in the seventh. The Braves finally got a hit with a runner on base in the bottom of the inning, Melky doubling with Matt Diaz on first, and Matt then came home on a pinch groundout by David Ross, but they got Omar this time, stranding Melky, and the Braves didn’t get anything going in the last two innings. And the Stupid Mets lost to the Phillies so the lead is back to two games.